Almonde's varnished hull didn't survive a channel crossing last year
It's now a fine off-white
Almonde's New Custodian Shouts, “Ahoy !”
Stephen Hetherington bought Almonde from Andre Vink last year. He writes, “I sailed her from Holland last year and she's now moored in Dartmouth alongside Peter Gregson's (the Woodenships broker) Vertue, Caulpona. In that time I have made a few changes: that varnish previous owners were so proud of didn't survive the Channel crossing (sun and heavy seas had it crazed and flaked in five days - the hull is now a fine off-white), a host of engine repairs, a new prop shaft coupling (the old one gave up before we passed Cowes), and the mainsail re-cut to take out the 'lens' in the foot. She's a fine boat, strongly built of teak and sound; she's already carried me through some quite tough weather”.
Many thanks to Dr Hetherington for his email - And if you are in Dartmouth this summer, give Almonde a wave.
This Half Model of Almonde by Peter Ward was sold for €465 in 2014
The Harrison Butler With Royal Connections
Almonde is the boat in which Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962) and Queen Beatrix (Born 1938) are rumoured to have learnt to sail. (The Almonde family name is Ancestorial in the Dutch Royal family). There is another rumour that Almonde spent the Second World War submerged 'somewhere', for safety. There is clearly much that the HBA does not know about this yacht....
Built in 1934 by Kok te Muiden, in Muiden, Holland
LOA : 8.80 metres
LWL : 7.20 metres
Beam : 2.75 metres
Draught : 1.25 metres
Displacement : 5 tons
Dr Stephen Hetherington (2016-2017...) Dartmouth, England
André Vink (2002-2015) Netherlands
Hans van Veen (?-1994-2002) Netherlands
Willi and Rita Mus (?-1985-?) Netherlands
André Vink, Almonde's Custodian 2002-2015
He's a former firector of HISWA
(An Industry trade group for the Netherlands water sports business)
Page last updated : April 2017